Born in Bristol, she was the daughter of the late John S. Palmer II and Abbie Greene Palmer. She was the mother of Frances Bodell of Milbridge Maine and of the late Frederick Palmer Bodell; the grandmother of Stephen F. Bodell, Scott P. Bodell and Philip T. Bodell and the great grandmother of eight. She was the sister of Richard S. Palmer of Newport and of the late Julius Palmer, Betty Palmer Adams, Frances Palmer Clark and Ruth Palmer Blount.
Jane’s interest in genealogy led her to keep track of previous generations and ultimately to join the Mayflower Society. Her other interests included gardening, painting, sailing and birding. She enjoyed walking and being outside and was better than most meteorologists at predicting the weather from the wind, moon and tides. A talent she kept well into her 90’s and taught those around her.
She loved to swim in Narragansett Bay and did so into her eighties. Ballroom dancing and big bands were a passion and later the music of Elvis Presley. Whether it was picnics on the beach, building snowmen or croquet, Jane joined in with the gang no matter her age. She loved reading mysteries which she secured from the Rogers Free Library.
Jane was involved in church activities throughout her 50 plus year association as a communicant of the First Congregational Church of Bristol.
A kindergarten teacher, she loved teaching and being with children. She cherished her own children, grand and great grandchildren and loved being with them. She delighted in reading them classic children’s stories. She loved Christmas and all it meant and worked to bring the magic of it all to life.
Jane will be remembered fondly for her sense of humor that stayed with her even through the ravages of dementia. She fought to keep her personality and it would shine through the tangles of her disease and delight us all.
Jane had many friends of all ages with whom she enjoyed happy times.
Her funeral services were officiated by Rev. Daniel Randall in the First Congregational Church of Bristol on February 2nd. Burial was private. Serving as pallbearers were Stephen Bodell, Scott Bodell, Philip Bodell, Connor Bodell, Sean Bodell, Andrew Bodell and Devin Bodell.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rogers Free Library, PO Box 358 Bristol RI 02809 or the United Congregational Church of Bristol 281 High St Bristol RI 02809.
Arrangements are by the George Lima Funeral Home.